Welcome to what I like to call the dead zone, folks. There's no basketball on for the first time in over nine months and the loss of Tiger Woods has knocked summer golf down a few pegs. If you like lots of baseball, soccer and boxing, then this is your dream weekend.
The European Championship Tournament will be in the middle of the quarterfinal round come this weekend and will feature some of the best soccer in the world. Germany is through to the semis, but there are three other games left before the final four is set. Here's the schedule:
-- Saturday 6/21 2:30 p.m.: Netherlands vs. Russia- Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth (ABC, 2:30pm)
-- Sunday 6/22 2:55 p.m.: Spain vs. Italy- Adrian Healey and Andy Gray (ESPN, 2:55pm)
HBO and Showtime Boxing:
The two movie channels go head-to-head late Saturday night. Showtime is even bringing out all of the stars to pull you away from HBO. Ron Artest, Dwyane Wade and Kimbo Slice will all be in attendance at the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas.
HBO's bouts go down in Memphis, and while you can read a more specific preview from Large, here are your particulars:
-- HBO (10pm): Chris Arreola (23-0, 21 KOs) from Riverside, CA tackles Chazz Witherspoon (23-0, 15 KOs) from Philadelphia, PA and welterweight contender Andre Berto (21-0, 18 KOs) from Winter Haven, FL takes on Miki Rodriquez (29-2, 23 KOs) from Naucalpan, Mexico
-- SHOWTIME (9pm): "King" Arthur Abraham battles Edison "Pantera" Miranda in a long-awaited rematch and there will also be an IBF World Title Eliminator between Raul Marquez and Giovanni Lorenzo.
-- St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox: Thom Brennaman, Tim McCarver, Ken Rosenthal (FOX, 3:55pm, 88%)
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
-- Cleveland Indians at Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt Vasgersian, Eric Karros (FOX, 3:55pm, 11%)
MARKETS INCLUDE: Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Los Angeles, San Diego
-- St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox- Chip Caray, Buck Martinez (TBS, 1pm)
-- Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs- Jon Miller, Joe Morgan (ESPN, 8pm)
NASCAR: Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma, CA (TNT, Saturday 5pm), U.S. Olympic Trials: Diving, Gymnastics (NBC, All weekend), Arena Football: Dallas at Chicago (ESPN2, Sunday 4pm), PGA Tour: Travelers Championship (CBS, Saturday and Sunday 3pm)
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